He has also advocated bringing the judiciary, NGOs and corporate houses under the purview of the Lokpal.
According to various news agencies, the Congress General Secretary, speaking at his hometown Raghogarh on Jun 12, said, "My view is that the prime minister, judiciary, NGOs and industrial houses should also be brought under the ambit of Lokpal. But there should be a system to ensure that the Lokpal does not misuse its power."
He added, "When I was the Madhya Pradesh chief minister, I had brought the CM's post under the purview of Lokayukta (ombudsman)."
His views have certainly come as a bolt from the blue for the Congress and the Central government, who have so far opposed the inclusion of the Prime Minister under the ambit of the Lokpal. While members of the civil society want the Prime Minister's post to come under the purview of the Lokpal, the Congress is opposed to the idea.
The disagreement has ensured that the group of ministers and the civil society, who make up the drafting committee of the Lokpal Bill, remain at loggerheads.